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Please join us for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) 19th Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held on November 1-4, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in downtown Chicago, IL. ILADS is delighted to meet in the Midwest for the first time.


The conference theme is Tick-Borne Diseases and the Immune System.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

  • Lyme Fundamentals
  • Experimental Treatments for Tick-Borne Diseases
  • Social – Theatrical performance about Lyme disease plus a demonstration of Hand Pans with a reception sponsored by IGeneX. Guests of registrants are welcome to attend this event.

ILADS Committee meetings also will be held.

On Thursday evening, November 1, 2018, IGeneX is sponsoring our theater event  featuring A BEAUTIFUL DANCE OF LIFE & DEATH, a true story of surviving Lyme disease.  The play is written by Erin R Hartnett, directed by Nicholas Collett, and performed by Sam Wright and Meredith Lindsay.  A reception follows the performance, which will feature ILADS own Dayna Wolfe, MD, who will be demonstrating Hand Pans to raise funds for ILADEF.  Come by to see what this is all about. Never heard of Hand Pans? Tickets are available for yourself and guests; space is limited.

We again are offering the Lyme Fundamentals course for practitioners who want to brush up their clinical skills and for those who are new to treating Lyme disease. This one-day track gives specific step-by-step guidance with ample opportunity to ask questions of the expert faculty. CME credits will be offered for this track. This session is for medical professionals only. There are a limited number of grants available to reimburse the registration fee for first time attending professionals.

We also are offering a day-long track called Experimental Treatments for Tick-Borne Diseases, which will look at promising new treatment options for Lyme patients. (Due to the evolving treatment modalities discussed, no CME will be given for this track.)

The Scientific Conference on Friday, November 2, 2018, through Sunday, November 4, 2018, will include the following:

  • Plenary Sessions – mornings Friday through Sunday
  • Breakout Sessions – Friday and Saturday afternoons
  • Poster Sessions – Friday morning through Sunday morning
  • Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner – Friday evening social event honoring Kenneth B. Liegner, MD
  • Annual Members’ meeting Saturday late afternoon

The Scientific Conference schedule will extend from Friday morning to Sunday noon. Course Director Mualla McManus, PharmD, and her committee have planned a series of provocative lectures which will help you develop insights on the role of the immune system in the treatment of tick-borne diseases. Highly-regarded researchers and clinicians will share cutting-edge information during the plenary sessions and more topic-specific breakout sessions. CME will be offered for the entire Scientific Conference. We expect this conference to sell out, so please register as soon as possible and book your room at our conference hotel at our conference rate.

Chicago Conference Information:
2018 ILADEF Pioneer Award Dinner:

The Pioneer in Lyme Award dinner (on Friday, November 2nd) will honor the lifetime achievement of Kenneth B. Liegner, MD, a past Board member of ILADS. Dr. Liegner is well known in the medical community for his intellectual vigor and personalized treatment protocols. Please join us for an elegant dinner featuring midwestern-inspired fare. The Jazz Ensemble, AS IS, will also provide entertainment.

Kenneth Liegner, MD, is a board-certified Internist with additional training in Pathology and Critical Care Medicine, practicing in Pawling, New York.  He has been actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and related disorders since 1988.  He has published articles on Lyme disease in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented poster abstracts and talks at national and international conferences on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  He has cared for many persons seriously ill with chronic and neurologic Lyme disease.  His work has focused on the serious morbidity and (occasional) mortality that can eventuate from this aspect of the illness.  He has emphasized the urgent need for the widespread clinical availability of improved methods of diagnostic testing and for the development of improved methods of treatment for Lyme disease in all its stages.  He holds the first U.S. patent issued proposing the application of acaricide to deer for area-wide control of deer-tick populations as a means of reducing the incidence of Lyme disease.  ILADEF invites you to join us for this prestigious event where you will have the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading Lyme disease researchers and clinicians as we join together to honor Dr. Liegner and address the number one vector-borne epidemic worldwide.

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50+ exhibitors will be on-site from Thursday morning through Sunday noon, showcasing products and services relevant to medical professionals who treat tick-borne diseases.

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